Thursday, November 13, 2014
“Bad habits open the doorways for evil to enter our lives. Little by little, our consciousness diminishes and we become more and more dense. The first symptom can be detected in our dreams when we begin to have nightmares and lose our presence. I am referring to bad habits in relationship to food, various behaviors and ways we relate to others, and even the places we sometimes go to. The more sensitive you are, the more attentive you should be, because your tendency to absorb the energies from those around you is greater. With time, you will learn how to deal with this: you learn to walk on fire without getting burned. But even at this stage it is necessary to know your limits, or to know how long you can stay in a place vibrating in cruelty without getting contaminated. A sensitive person is like a delicate flower – any mishandling of it can hurt it.”
Sri Prem Baba
Ever since Western converts began adopting Buddhist traditions, their community has sought a balance between the quest for personal peace and tranquility and the sense of social engagement. That seemingly irreconcilable conflict made itself felt when several generations of Buddhists came together for the 2014 National Gathering of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.
Thoughtful Conviction | November 13, 2014
To question is unbelievably powerful. But if you question all the time and you remain in doubt, going first this way and then that, conviction is absent. If you develop a line of inquiry and learn from your experience, conviction grows.
- Segyu Rinpoche, "Buddhist Training for Modern Life"